The first act of Life as soon as we come out of mother’s womb is, we inhale. Maharaj Ji asked me to sit straight and take one deep breath, in a voice that demanded attention. I held it for 10 seconds, as he continued, and the last act of life is, we exhale; that is it.
Leave the breath through your mouth.
We inhale and we start crying. When we exhale, we make others cry.
Between these two, a whole life is lived and one must take a deeper and a closer look at our lives. Because however our life is, the most important thing we unfortunately learn to ignore is, our breath.
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Maharaj Ji was making a Yantra with red vermillion, on an old bhojpatra paper as he casually started telling me a tale of essence about being. This was way back in 2014, around when we were travelling right towards the centre of India, to Ujjain. But had to take a detour and stopped at an ashram in the outskirts of Udaipur.
The breath plays a very important role in managing our mind and the body, as it is the only bridge, even vehicle that connects the two and propels the spirit. In the night, i remember he broke the silence for something very important that had come to his mind. I was looking outside at the villages and fields passing by through the train’s window. “Narayan you know that anyone who is not happy is sick. Don’t think the ones who are in hospital are sick, any who is not calm, not stable, remains irritated or angry is sick. Anyone who doesn’t really know how to handle their thoughts, storms of emotion is in some way or the other not right, isn’t it?” I Smiled, and I couldn’t agree more. As they say everything is connected. And that everything is connected with one’s breath. Hence the first thing one must be taught should be how to breathe!
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He continued, there is some rhythm in the breath. And this rhythm is connected to the rhythm in the world, the rhythm in nature, and the rhythm in the body, of your thoughts and the rhythm of your emotions. The mind is very abstract, and actually one cannot really deal with the mind directly. But if one starts attending to the root cause of this problem or any problem that the mind is facing; breath has the power to eliminate it because our breath has more information about us than we can ever know. It’s the first to come with us and the last to leave. Its more than our family if we ever look at it that way. It is strange but its true.
When anyone with a negative vibe comes, it shows up in your breath. You will feel it automatically because his vibe will alter the way you feel, even if its just a little bit. And whatever the feeling other person has, you can feel it in your breath if you become that conscious.
Likewise, someone with a lot of anger comes in front of you, you will see that the rhythm of your breath will change, and it is nothing but fire element transpiring in your breath. And same with someone telling you a lie, you can recognise it, only if you have become one with your breath.
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Maharaj Ji had a way of doing things. He was a sage yet quiet unpredictable. One morning he had given me some work, but came back again and started speaking in such a way that i had to leave everything else and focus on what he spoke.
Our right nostril Narayan, is called Sun nostril or the Surya Naadi, Left nostril is called the Chandra or the moon Naadi. It is also known as cold or dark you may say. Different activities are allocated for these naadis.
You can check right now. He asked me and I am asking you, my co-travellers here; you. Which nostril is working as you read this? Do tell me because, if your left nostril is functioning right now, I can bet that either you are about to leave reading this article half-read, or it could be that you are sleepy or are finding it hard to grasp whatever I am talking about, and it could happen that you may need another read to absorb it fully. But if you are still here, reading this line, I would assume that your right nostril or the surya/solar naadi is functioning, you are grasping it all right. And you are rather curious to know more.
So it is with food. If you eat when your left is functioning then it is going to take a lot more time for you to digest, that is also one reason why yogis used to finish eating before sundown. It is also know to disturb one’s digestive tract. In earlier days, when the sun and moon were not taken for granted, Maharaj Ji said, showing his staff to me, Rishis used to change it at will. Ancient Rishis always carried with them a Yogdanda, a staff. Apart from shooing away unwanted creatures, that staff helped them changing the breath functioning according to their will.
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As with eating, same with elimination process. If you have gone to washroom when the left or the moon nostril is in charge, you will go again, within one to one and a half hours.
And if you sleep with your right nostril, that is taking your sight towards the left side, your sleep will be better and deeper. You will feel energised once you will get up. But if you sleep with your left nostril functioning, you will have a lighter sleep, you may wake up and want to go back to sleep again.
Narayan, you must know that, if you start closely monitoring how your breath flows throughout the day with sunrise to moonrise, with the cosmic events, you will be amazed that they are so co-related.
Just for a few days start observing in the morning the time you get up, which nostril is functioning as it is very much connected with the time as well as the positioning of the moon.
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I asked Maharaj Ji out of curiosity, what if both nostrils start functioning together? He smiled, and said that if both nostrils are functioning then nothing works in the body, that is the time of transcendence. Either you will be deep in meditation or you may be sprinting. Either you will be sitting in a plane ready for the flight or you will be going to kill someone, it is here when both nostrils function. In Yogic terminology, it is known as sushumna and the kundalini is said to rise when both nostrils function.
There is also a great rather deeper science about when the soul is leaving the body, according to one’s karma it might choose either of the two, which decides the spirit’s path from there onwards but for that we will talk someday again.
Now sit, with your eyes close, lets meditate.
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